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Monday, March 5, 2012

Cholera outbreak kills 27 in Sierra Leone

Via Daily Monitor :

" At least 20 people have died as a result of a cholera outbreak, the Health ministry in Sierra Leone has said.

More than 1,000 cases have been recorded in three districts in the northern region of the country – Port Loko, Kambia and Pujenhun.

Health ministry officials confirmed that those reported to have contracted the disease did so from drinking contaminated water.

“The reported cases suggest an outbreak and the most affected people contracted the cholera bacteria from drinking infected water,” said Dr Foday Dafae, manager National Disease Surveillance and Response at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, at the weekend.

Sierra Leone faces, among other major problems, an unavailability and inaccessibility of clean drinking water in most areas, especially in its rural districts."

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